September 24, 2018

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE — Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislation that calls for splitting The United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality, according to a statement released on Monday, September 24, 2018.

“We do not support any legislation that calls for the dissolution of The United Methodist Church. We uphold our values as a connectional and worldwide church committed to ‘Making disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the world’,” the bishops said.

In the statement released by Africa College of Bishops President Bishop John K. Yambasu, the African bishops further resolved to support and pray for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the Special Session of The United Methodist Church next year in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We commend the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and we commit ourselves to be in continued prayer and fasting for God’s guidance for our denomination as we go to St, Louis, Missouri, for the Special Call 2019 General Conference to receive and take action on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward,” the statement said.

The Africa College of Bishops met in Sierra Leone, Sept 3-7. The full statement from the African bishops is available online. Bishop Yambasu can be reached at


Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

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